Returning players propel EMCS Wolverines

The Wolverines, playing three games in two nights, placed fourth at the Alberni Totem 61 Tournament.

Although there was a bit of a bump in a two-day tournament in Port Alberni last weekend, the Edward Milne Community School Wolverines gave a brief glimpse into what could be this season.

The Wolverines, playing three games in two nights, placed fourth at the Alberni Totem 61 Tournament.

The EMCS senior boys basketball team beat Stelly’s Secondary School 71-52 in the relegation final round after beating host Port Alberni 63-50 and losing to powerhouse Ballenas by a 64-44 count.

Last week marked the first time this season the Wolverines were able to play with a full roster – and the results proved fruitful.

On Tuesday, the Wolverines clobbered Esquimalt 69-34 before losing to tier 3 Mount Doug 70-47 Wednesday. Add the win and the loss to the tournament results and the Wolverines had a successful week, said co-coach Alex Wright.

“We had good practices last week with the full roster and it shows what we are capable of doing as a team,” he said.

“All the pieces of the puzzle are coming together.”

Both Wright and co-coach Trevor Bligh continue to look at the playoff picture, even though the Wolverines haven’t hit the halfway point in the season. The team’s goal is to reach the provincial finals in March.

“It was a big deal for us this weekend. We finished pretty well and we’re happy with the results,” Wright said.

This week the Wolverines go on the road to play Parkland and are home to Stelly’s tonight (Jan. 13). Game time is 7:30 p.m.

BALL BOUNCES … Wolverines’ Frederik Moeller was named to the Alberni Totem 61 Tournament. He scored 38 points against Port Alberni … EMCS has four players in the Top 10 scorers in the South Island League. They include Alec McKenzie (76), Moeller (60), Andy Abel (54) and Brady Greenwood (50) … Going into Tuesday’s game, the Wolverines sat in third place in the South Island, behind Mount Doug and Parkland.